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Florida: Army Veteran Arrested for Emplacing IED at VA Hospital

On June 4, 2019, a 60-year-old Army veteran from St. Petersburg was detained after authorities connected him to an IED emplaced at a Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Bay Pines. On 29 May 2019, Tampa Police Department (TPD) officers responded to reports of a suspicious package at the VA Hospital.The TPD Bomb Squad determined the suspicious package was an IED containing a 9-volt battery, electrical wires, an improvised initiator described as a tube with a light bulb, an unidentified black powder later determined to be consistent with pyrotechnic-type powder, and a clothes pin switch. On 31 May, the suspect’s wife reported to law enforcement that her husband had made an IED at their home. Upon further investigation, authorities determined both devices were similarly manufactured and arrested the suspect after recovering CCTV showing the him placing the IED at the hospital. The suspect was charged with possession of unregistered explosive devices.

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